“I am interested in the interaction between forest pests and pathogens and other disturbances and how these change disturbance regimes and biogeochemical cycles.”
Chris is a graduate student in the Geography Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2013 with a B.S. in Environmental Science with Highest Honors and a minor in Mathematics.
Chris investigates the interaction between forest pests and pathogens and other forest disturbances and how these interactions change ecosystem processes. His current focus is on Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a disease that affects oaks and tanoak, caused by the pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. He is working on modeling the interaction between fire and SOD with a focus on changes to biogeochemical cycles. He utilizes a combination of remote sensing, geospatial analysis, qualitative assessments, ecological models and quantitative analysis. Chris is advised by Aaron Moody and Ross Meentemeyer.
Aside from research, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, disc golf, gardening, swimming, and spending time with his family in nature.